Posts by Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and reading while cuddling with her cat Georgia.

April 16, 2021

Whitest Paint Ever Developed Could Reflect Enough Light to Slow Global Warming

Combatting the rise in global temperatures requires creative science and innovative thinking. An exciting, new development was recently announced in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces by an engineering and nanotechnology team at Purdue University. The team created an ultra-white paint—the whitest to date—which promises a powerful cooling effect that could help combat the use of air conditioning units which contribute to climate change. Scientists had previously discovered a white paint that reflects 95.

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April 12, 2021

1933 Article Refers to the Legendary Frida Kahlo as the “Wife of a Master Mural Painter”

Frida Kahlo is one of the few female artists who has become a universal household name. Her journey to her present fame was a long one, fought against the forces of misogyny and her own failing health. For evidence, look no further than a recently resurfaced 1933 article about the painter in the Detroit News. Written by Florence Davies, the article's headline screams: “Wife of the Master Mural Painter Gleefully Dabbles in Works of Art.

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April 9, 2021

Drought Reveals “Spanish Stonehenge” That Had Been Hiding In a Reservoir For Over 50 Years

Megaliths are large stones used by prehistoric peoples to build monuments or structures. Perhaps the most famous example of a megalithic structure is Stonehenge in England. However, ancient (and often mysterious) stone structures can be found across Europe. In 2019, an unusually dry summer caused the waters of the Valdecañas Reservoir to recede, revealing a monument that has come to be referred to as the “Spanish Stonehenge.

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April 6, 2021

21 Astrophotographers To Follow on Instagram for Your Daily Starry Delight

Astrophotography produces stunning images that can transport viewers out of this world. To become an expert in capturing starscapes or the colorful nebulas of the Milky Way takes dedication, technical skill, and a love for the outdoors. Photographers all over the world are capturing the stars with their unique vantage points from Earth.

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